Results 101–120 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Borders (Economic Development) (24 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: We are working with the south of Scotland alliance, which is a partnership of Scottish Borders Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Enterprise, to facilitate its competitiveness strategy, and we have transferred responsibility for local economic development, including the business gateway, to local authorities. Already this year, more than 200 businesses have been helped to...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Borders (Economic Development) (24 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: I will cut to the chase: I would welcome the opportunity to meet Mr Purvis. We have recently raised the issue of the south of Scotland in conversations with United Kingdom ministers and we are working assiduously to ensure that the Scottish Borders case is as strong as it can be and that lessons are learned from other cases that have already passed the test.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Borders (Economic Development) (24 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Having just finished an answer in a collegiate fashion, I have no option but to agree with Mrs Grahame. There was an opportunity to show cohesion with the vast mass of Borders businesses and many people throughout the Borders who face hard times and uncertainty, but that opportunity was lost. However, I am sure that Mrs Grahame will capitalise on it.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (24 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Scottish Development International and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are continuing to work closely with Skykon’s administrators, Ernst and Young to help find a buyer for the Machrihanish Skykon site and ensure its long term future.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Census: Census (11 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Every householder has a legal duty to provide information about the people in the household on Census Day, which is 27 March 2011. There is also a legal duty, under the Census (Confidentiality) Act 1991, which protects the confidentiality of the personal information which people supply in the census. The Registrar General, who is responsible for organising the census in Scotland, has...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Election (Votes for Prisoners) (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government does not agree that convicted prisoners should be able to vote while they are in prison, but that is a matter for the United Kingdom Government. Westminster legislation is required to change the franchise for the Scottish Parliament elections. No change will be made before May, so convicted prisoners will not be able to vote in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Election (Votes for Prisoners) (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Indeed. Any claims that are brought by prisoners will fall to be contested by the UK Government, which will have to pay any compensation that is ordered by the courts. That is a given fact.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Parliament Election (Votes for Prisoners) (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: That is another debate that must happen at Westminster. We look forward to that and to the live court cases on the matter that are under way at the moment, including Toner v United Kingdom in the European Court of Human Rights.

Scottish Parliament: Employment Legislation (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Senior Scottish Government officials took part in discussions with their UK Government counterparts on 14 December 2010.

Scottish Parliament: Employment Legislation (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: I acknowledge that Mr Park has been involved and interested in the matter for a long time. I value his input and I would be keen to talk with him further about the subject. Scotland has the regulatory review group, in which the Scottish Trades Union Congress is heavily involved, to promote the principles of better regulation. We are also undertaking a mapping exercise to determine which...

Scottish Parliament: Employment Legislation (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: The matter is of course reserved and we do not yet have detailed proposals from the UK Government. However, the Scottish Government will—as ever—act in the best interests of the people of Scotland. Our newly approved budget is evidence of our capacity to support individuals, communities and economic growth concurrently. That will continue as we tackle the issues that have been raised.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Enterprise: Scottish Enterprise (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Ministers and officials meet representatives of Scottish Enterprise on a regular basis in the ministerial office in Atlantic Quay. The most recent meeting with ministers was on 1 February 2011 when the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth met representatives of Scottish Enterprise at a meeting of the BioQuarter Partners’ Forum.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Tourism: Tourism (10 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Since the closure of Kinross Visitor Information Centre in 2008, the last such closure in the region, VisitScotland, and Perth and Kinross Council, have continued to review the provision of visitor information services across the region. Both are in agreement that the current provision meets demand within the resources available. Current provision of visitor information services in the area...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Fuel Prices: Fuel Prices (9 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: The matter is reserved and therefore the information requested is not held centrally by Scottish Government. However, some figures for the UK are produced by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, and can be found at: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/prices/pric es.aspx. Some external organisations also produce information on fuel prices, but these are not official...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Wind Farms: Wind Farms (9 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Of the 25 applications for wind farm developments determined by the Scottish Government since May 2007, two have been approved with an outstanding objection from Scottish Natural Heritage.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Wind Farms: Wind Farms (9 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Scottish Ministers have discretion to approve applications for wind farm developments where there is an outstanding objection from Scottish Natural Heritage if they deem it appropriate to do so after considering that objection and all other representations and material considerations.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Co-operatives: Co-operatives (7 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: As stated in my previous answer, the Scottish Government would look to Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) to structure any participation in the UN International Year of Co-operatives 2012. I am advised that CDS aim to start the planning process in spring 2011, in conjunction with Co-operatives UK, and that Sarah Deas, Chief Executive of CDS, would welcome any input that the member or...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Retail Sector: Retail Sector (7 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government is aware of the need to maintain a level playing field between large retailers and small and medium-sized players in the retail sector, in both the food and non-food segments. The Scottish Government’s proposal for a large retail supplement on business rates for supermarkets and other large retailers had exactly this objective in mind.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Wind Farms: Wind Farms (7 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government (SG) has been very proactive in overcoming delays to wind farm developments due to radar issues. The SG formed the South West Scotland Aviation Solution Group in March 2009 which has met seven times and brings together all the relevant stakeholders. Developments in this forum led to the publication of the SG’s Feasibility Report which described the potential for...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Wind Farms: Wind Farms (7 Feb 2011)

Jim Mather: Since May 2007 the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals has held 31 public local inquiries to consider proposed wind farm developments. These include appeals for Section 36 wind farm applications made to ministers, applications for wind farms called in by Scottish Ministers and planning appeals to ministers against decisions made by local planning authorities.


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